• Rhonda Taylor Enjoys Professional Development Opportunity

    Recently, nineteen Surry County Schools teachers attended the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics state conference in Greensboro, NC.  The NCCTM is the professional organization in North Carolina for all persons responsible for the teaching of mathematics, and its yearly conference promotes excellence in mathematics teaching and learning throughout all grade levels.

    Rhonda Taylor, 6th grade math teacher at Pilot Mountain Middle, attended the 2017 NCCTM conference. Taylor took part in workshops that involved hands-on teaching methods and the integration of literacy into the mathematics classroom.  Updates on new state math standards were also available, as well as   a mini-session that covered topics including technology integration, making math meaningful for students, and innovating grading policies.

    “The workshop facilitators allowed us to read through several children’s picture-story-books and then create equations and graphs from the storyline in the book,” says Taylor of her time at the conference.  “I thought this was a fabulous way of teaching kids about the real-life connection to mathematics!”

    “I am grateful that the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation sponsored my attendance to the NCCTM conference,” Taylor said.  “Without the support of the gracious donors and the willingness of the Foundation to provide us these opportunities, it would be difficult to get such quality professional development.”

    The SCSEF professional development allotment is offered annually for Surry County Schools teachers by providing funding for professional development opportunities throughout the year.

     Rhonda Taylor, Pilot Mountain Middle  Rhonda Taylor, Pilot Mountain Middle School